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Impulse control disorder
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 F63.
ICD-9 312.3
MeSH D007174

Impulse control disorder is a set of psychiatric disorders including intermittent explosive disorder (hot-headedness), kleptomania (stealing), pathological gambling, pyromania (fire-starting), trichotillomania (pulling one's hair out) and dermatillomania (skin picking). The onset of these disorders usually occurs between the ages of 7 and 15.[1] Impulsivity, the key feature of these disorders, can be thought of as seeking a small, short term gain at the expense of a large, long term loss. Those with the disorder repeatedly demonstrate failure to resist their behavioral impetuosity.

Impulse control disorders are considered to be part of the obsessive-compulsive disorder spectrum.[2]

The essence of emotional self-regulation is the ability to control one's impulses in the service of a goal.

See also


  1. ^ Kessler RC, Amminger GP, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Alonso J, Lee S, Ustün TB (2007). "Age of onset of mental disorders: a review of recent literature". Curr Opin Psychiatry 20 (4): 359–64. doi:10.1097/YCO.0b013e32816ebc8c. PMID 17551351.  
  2. ^ Brain Explorer - Focus on Brain Disorders - OCD - Related Spectrum Disorders

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